Blaze in Sculthorpe destroys three cars and damages two homes

The fire in Sculthorpe, Moore Lane, left four cars and two homes damaged. Picture Steve Shaw

The fire in Sculthorpe, Moore Lane, left four cars and two homes damaged. Picture Steve Shaw - Credit: Archant

A fire in a Norfolk village has left three cars completely destroyed and two houses damaged.

The fire in Sculthorpe, Moore Lane, left four cars and two homes damaged. Picture Steve Shaw

The fire in Sculthorpe, Moore Lane, left four cars and two homes damaged. Picture Steve Shaw - Credit: Archant

The blaze began on Monday at around 10.25am when an old Fiat Punto, which was in the back garden of a house on Moore Lane, Sculthorpe, near Fakenham, burst into flames.

Within 15 minutes the fire spread to the fence and into a neighbour's garden where there was a Land Rover and a Ford Cortina, which subsequently caught fire.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said they received a call at 10.26am and the first fire engine arrived on the scene at 10.38am.

They dispatched a total of three vehicles, with one being sent from Fakenham, one from Massingham and one from Holt.

Daniel Hill, whose father owned the Fiat, said: 'I could see the smoke all the way from Fakenham.

'I was at work and I got a call saying I had better get home because there was a fire.

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'When I got to the street the smoke was so thick I could barely see anything.

'It was just an old car that was being worked on before being sent to be scrapped and we had someone helping us out who had been working on it.

'We're not sure exactly what happened but once the fire got started it spread to the fence and the neighbour's cars, which were in their garden, within five to ten minutes.'

The heat of the blaze was so intense that the windows of Mr Hill's garden conservatory shattered and a section of the building was burnt.

At the neighbour's house, a window at the back of the property also shattered.

Mr Hill added that he did not know the cause of the fire but suspected that it could have been related to some work being done around the petrol tank.

After the fire engines had left the scene investigators examined the damage and are in the process of looking at what might be the cause.

The fire service reported that a total of four cars had been damaged in the fire and two properties.

While Mr Hill said no one had been hurt, the fire service has not been able to confirm that and nobody has been available from the ambulance service to comment at this stage.

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